Don’t Forget About Regional Wines
Most of the popular wine brands are located in California, France, and Italy, but you should also keep an eye out for some of the lesser-known regions as well, including here in Oregon. For example, many people have never heard of Mendoza wines from Argentina, but they’re actually quite popular.
Meanwhile, South African wines are also gaining popularity among wine drinkers. To help you find wines from less-known regions, here’s a list of some of the most popular regional wines:
Bordeaux – Okay, this is a little bit of a cheat. But if you want to impress your guests with a bottle of quality wine, Bordeaux wines are a great choice. These are often the most expensive wines on the market, but they’re also some of the best.
Chilean Wines - Chile is one of the most underrated wine-producing regions in the world, and you can find many great Chilean wines for a reasonable price. These are often lower in alcohol, yet they offer great value for money.
Lavaux, Switerland - Switzerland is renowned for its indulgent cheeses and chocolate, exclusive wellness spas, and picturesque ski slopes, but Swiss winemakers use just as much effort and skill. The only problem is that Swiss vintners only sell two percent of their wares overseas making these wines a prized commodity.
Willamette Valley - Home to more than 500 wineries, the Willamette Valley is known for its world class Pinot noir. Keep it local with a wine selection from Central Oregon.